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to barbara for a moment, barbara starr, our pentagon correspondent. what kind of feedback are you getting from folks over at the pentagon, barbara? >> reporter: well, at the pentagon, wolf, they know one of the major issues that chuck hagel is walking into when he comes there will be the budget, how to cut defense spending. and, you know, this is not -- this is a pentagon political issue inside the corridors of the pentagon. it requires managed expertise. does the secretary of defense really understand where the various political levers are in the pentagon that he needs to work on? where the influence is? how a budget is formed? who has the power? inside the military, in this very complex process and can he impact it? when you hire a secretary of defense, to some large extent you are hiring someone for that management expertise. the pentagon is one of the largest organizations in the world, and you need somebody who knows how to run it. that's what a secretary of defense does. the other big issue that he's walking into that people will be watching very closely, how he will advise on commi
with outgoing defense secretary leon panetta showed something about his intention to remake the pentagon. almost over the opposition of republican critics. >> the time has come for me to return to my wife silvia, our three sons, their families, our six grandchildren and my walnut farm. dealing with a different set of nuts. >> the confirmation fights ahead will be driven not just by criticism of hagel and brennan's record, but foreign policy approach. that's what's going on here. in the first term, the president showed he was going to give the washington establishment more deference with his foreign policy pick. he picked hillary clinton as secretary of state and jim jones was his additional national security adviser. none of that deference this time in a selection of hagel, of a kerry, of brennan. president's message is, i got this. it is clear this is a president who wants to leave an imprint on foreign policy. not just about the white house running it, but leaving an imprint everywhere else. he wants his guys to do it. he may not say it the same way bush said it after his re-election to a seco
is james clapper, a former three-star military man from the pentagon. under him are 16 intelligence agencies and the cia is one of those before that, the director of central intelligence had nominally have the coordination role. now, the cia is one of 16 but it is our primary spy agency. its role under the reorganization has become even more crucial. if you have seen "zero dark thirty," it shows the central the cia played in identifying the career and once we identified him, we found the house in about a block and then we found osama bin laden. host: senator john mccain said he wants to take a closer look at the interrogation policies of the bush administration and john brennan's involvement in that. guest: i applaud with john mccain said about interrogation. he has been saying for ever that torture does not work and he should know. he was in the hanoi hilton for so long and tortured by north vietnam during the war. he is right, in my view. i did serve on the intelligence committee for eight years. i was there in the 1990's and came back and was a ranking member. i think we should l
, a discussion at that defense spending in u.s. national security with a keynote speech by the pentagon comptroller. the brookings institution host the event on c-span 2. >> what i like about c-span's coverage is they are very thorough. a steady program i want to watch is available. what i enjoy mostly is coverage that you have on the floor, the debates on the floor, as well as the hearings that you cover, the subcommittees and major committee hearings. >> she watches c-span on comcast. c-span -- created by america's cable companies in 1979. brought to you as a public service by your television provider. >> now, a look at the history and future of "the new york times." daniel schwartz discusses his latest book, covering the decade from 199 to 2009. this is just over an hour. >> welcome, everyone. thank you so much for being here. it is my honor to serve as a deputy director of the museum of the city of new york. and my greater honor to welcome you here this evening and to thank our speaker, david schwarz, for being here as well. as many of you know, the museum of the city of new york ha
is regarding the pentagon. little, if any. i think it's an incredibly controversial choice. and it looks like the second term of barack obama is going to be an in-your-face term. >> want to bring in our white house correspondent brianna keilar. we no that the white house has been calling out, trying to reach senators and get some support for hagel here. we're also hearing from jim acosta, trying to push back on this idea that he's anti-israel, that comments on the jewish lobby were poorly worded and he has apologized. are they confident they'll be able to push that nomination through and get a confirmation? >> reporter: talking to sources here, they feel pretty good about it. as you know, there are even democratic senators that have concerns. talking with sources at the white house, there is a sense that a number of things that chuck hagel will have to answer for in a confirmation process but there is a feeling here that he has good answers to the questions he will be asked and he may be able to win over some people. as you know, for instance, the comments where he said jewish lobby, when he
at the pentagon. officials say they are still working out details to finish this book how many u.s. forces should stay in afghanistan after 2014 when most combat troops are set to leave the country. jennifer griffin is at the pentagon for us tonight. what's the word on whether there they are seriously considering leaving troops in afghanistan after that time. >> well, leaving no troops there they call it the zero option, shepard. in fact, it was floated by the white house earlier this week ahead of president harmid karzai's visit here to washington. the afghan leader was at the pentagon and state department today. it was really an idea floated to get karzai's attention because many fear if there are no u.s. troops the country will revert to the taliban you have provided options not to the president yet but to the national security staff. as you know i don't speak about options until i have had a chance to speak to the president. >> at the state department president karzai is dining tonight with secretary clinton and leon panetta. he brought a long list of military equipment that karzai needs from
is regarding pentagon little if any. so i think its controversial choice. >> jamie: would hagel survive a senate hearing? let's bring in ron bongene and margie o'meara. great to see both of you. it seems like both sides of the aisle agree that senator hagel can get a fair hearing but why is he best choice from democrats point of view? >> i think it's a strong choice from a really united american point of view. he earned two purple hearts. he is a republican senator who has not been part of the partisan bickering that people have grown to hate here. he has been endorsed by five former ambassadors to israel. he voted for $40 billion in aid to israel. he has been endorsed by four former security advisors and all those folks that have been appointed by republican and democratic administrations. i think he is strong pick and it would make sense for people to come together and confirm. >> jamie: do you think he was the president's first choice? >> i think certainly he has been a key pick. he has been somebody the president has been working with closely and think he has had a real relationship
in one of the pentagon's recruiting commercials. >> boxing those up, getting those out today. >> reporter: but what he has been doing for two years in this vast, unheated warehouse in oakland, california, has provided crucial supplies for thousands of men and women in uniform and in harm's way. trauma kits and stretchers. ballistic eye protection. and tarps to repair ripped tents. spare parts for a failing generator that would have taken months for the regular supply chain to provide. >> this generator powers their communications, their intelligence, their daily operations, everything. we're literally able to ship it to them within 72 hours. >> reporter: it all started when one of nearborn's marine pals deployed to afghanistan and asked for some needed items. nearborn sent them. word got around through e-mails and a new website there was an outfit called troops direct that could bypass the usual military red tape and get you what you and your unit needed pronto. like this sergeant who told us via skype from afghanistan that nearborn had shipped plumbing supplies for clothes washers and ho
't the pentagon's budget will be cut by $45 billion. that's 9 prz. secretary of defense robert hail said what's even worse is the automatic cuts would continue over a decade. >> we are working toward rebalancing toward asia pacific presence there. we will pay attention to long-term press in the asian area, including china. >> senior u.s. officials do not usually use such language when referring to china. >>> japan's prime minister shinzo abe is preparing to offset growing chinese strength in the asia pacific region. he's planning policies to expand china's defense capabilities. other plans to scrap defense guidelines endorsed by the former government in 2010. ministry officials have constructed a budget fiscal plan for 2013. they are looking for rise of about 100 billion yen or about $1.1 billion. leaders expected to use part of the funds to increase surveillance around the songuku islands in the east china sea. chinese government ships have repeatedly entered japanese waters since japan's government bought the islands from a private owner last september. abe's cabinet members will consider i
, picking a fight over the president's pentagon pick. one thing the left and the right can agree on. chuck hagel may have an uphill battle in the senate. next, we'll get the view from both sides. former romney campaign adviser dan seymour and dan clemens will be here for a debate. >>> first, a look ahead at the president's schedule. at 1:05 today is the official announcement of hagel and brennan. you're watching "daily rundown" on msnbc. i was overweight my whole life. i obsessed about my weight my whole life. and then, weight watchers. i amazed myself. get used to it. introducing the new weight watchers 360 program. join for free and expect amazing. because it works. join for free and expect amazing. so if ydead battery,t tire, need a tow or lock your keys in the car, geico's emergency roadside assistance is there 24/7. oh dear, i got a flat tire. hmmm. uh... yeah, can you find a take where it's a bit more dramatic on that last line, yeah? yeah i got it right here. someone help me!!! i have a flat tire!!! well it's good... good for me. what do you think? geico. fifteen minutes could save
at the congressional budget office. fantastic career in national security. as noted, comptroller of the pentagon today. one of the top officials, the key adviser to the secretary of defense on all matters financial. not only in terms of building budgets but executing them and trying to figure out how to save money and execute efficiencies and reforms within the defense budget. bob has a long career in national security. he was a navy officer at the beginning of his career he worked at the center for naval analyses, work for the logistics management institute early in his career and again later. he was my boss at the congressional budget office during the period, well, for a number of years, but including during the period when the berlin wall had just come down and rebuild a post-cold war military. working with people like senator sam nunn and aspen as most people on both sides of the aisle. bob was the comptroller of the air force during the clinton administration and has also been the executive director of the american society of military comptrollers. and so without further ado, please join me in w
the lead at the pentagon from leon pennetta, who offered some parting thoughts during the announcement. take a listen. >> the time has come for me to return to my wife, sylvia, our three sons, their families, our six grandchildren and my walnut farm. dealing with a different set of nuts. [ laughter ] >> i guess when you're out-going, mark halperin, you can do that. >> look, he's a funny guy and he survived in washington in public service for 50 years in the military in executive branch and congress being not just serious and smart and dedicated but a really funny and nice guy. incredible story. i was glad to see amist thedst announcement of the new nominees he got his ceremony and i'm sure there will be more in the next couple of weeks. >> a vietnam soldier and veteran has been nominated as the next secretary of defense and the president emphasized hagel's government service and personal connection to the organization he's now been nominated to run. >> chuck represents the bipartisan tradition we need more of in washington. for his independence and commitment to consensus, he's earned
setled on chuck hagel to lead the pentagon. it comes despite many indications that he would face rocky confirmation hearing. he has a history of blunted statements including a reference to, quote. jewish lobby as an intimidating force on capitol hill that would draw scrutiny. once more he has at times resisted sanctions against iran for its nuclear program and balked efforts to designate hezbollah as a terrorist group. >> i have serious reservations on some of his statements in the past. >> reporter: supporters say his infantry service where he was awarded two purple hearts make it superbly qualified. a group wrote to obama to throw his support behind hagel that enjoys the backing that one opinion that matters most. >> he is patriot and he has done extraordinary work. somebody that has served this country with valor in vietnam. somebody who is currently serving on my intelligence advisory board. >> reporter: the white house said no decision has been made on the top pentagon spotted. >> jamie: what kind of confirmation are we in for if the president does nominate him? assistant to vice
the department at the pentagon. a number of republicans have had issues with hagel. he has reportedly erected talks with hamas, some say he is not pro- israel enough. it has a number of republicans lined up against him in opposition. >> he has long severed ties with the republican party. this is an in-your-face nomination by the president. i do not know what is management experience is regarding the pentagon. i think it is an incredibly controversial choice. rich: this sets up a big fight in the u.s. senate. this at a time when those automatic defense cuts have been delayed for two months and that fiscal cliff deal. there are major questions in washington on defense spending going forward. this is a pretty timely opponent or appointment for the president when you consider all that is going on with not only the federal budget, but the defense budget. connell: thank you, rich edson. dagen: let's bring in matt welch. how do these nominations play into, again, the defense cuts that are on tap and other cuts that are on hand? >> first of all, happy birthday. congratulations on being able to drink.
pentagon correspondent chris lawrence has that story. >> reporter: it's a new frontier for female sailors. submerged for months, no sun, no space, no sleep. lieutenant marvek one of the first women to qualify for submarine duty. everything you expected? >> i got a lot less sleep than i imagined i would. >> reporter: we met her a few years ago when she went by her maiden name, reid. she was a cadet at the naval academy when the pentagon opened subduty to women. >> at the time, i was flying. i was a pilot. selected to be a pilot after graduation. >> reporter: she decided her future was under the water, not soaring above it. she wasn't afraid of breaking a barrier. >> i see us just being like our male counterparts and i think we'll be accepted the same way. >> reporter: we reminded her of what she said then and read some of the reaction from fellow and former sailors. way to go. welcome to the pride of the fleet. wear those gold dolphins proudly. also, this is about giving feminists what they want. glad i got my dolphins pinned on and keep the eye candy upwardly mobile. >> there's always goi
to run the pentagon. calling him a leader our troops deserve. hagel's critics call him profoundly wrong on national security. also, we have new details about a horrifying night in colorado. a police officer cries as he describes a theater floor slippery with blood. >>> plus, a first look at proposed regulations that have would-be gun owners racing right now to buy guns. >>> i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> we begin with president obama setting the stage for a new fight here in washington. this time, other the national security team for his second term. the president's nominating the former senator chuck hagel, a republican, for defense secretary, and his counterterrorism adviser john brennan to direct the cia. at least one critic calls the hagel nomination an "in your face" pick. let's bring in our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's working the story for us. the president was effusive in his praise for hagel. >> president obama said hagel, a republican, quote, represents a bipartisan tradition that we need more of i
would hit. that would affect the pentagon and the pentagon size, the consequences were much more unfavorable for the g.o.p. than for democrats, which is why republicans had very little leverage to win this moring a, i think it remarkable they got out of it in as good shape as they did. lou: i would never disturb a positive outlook. i have to say, i think somehow, when we end up withs there are your trillion added to national debt, and we have round two coming at us with the president and speaker saying in a will never negotiate over a debt ceiling again, you have to wonder who the future holds. >> the problem is, the republicans control the house of representative the. the democrats control the senate. democrats control the white house. and democrats are on opposed to all of the things that republicans want to do. lower taxes, and by and large, reduce spending and reform entitlements, reform the tax code in a way that revenue neutral, they don't want to do those, they and they have two-thirds of of the three-legged stool in their control that limits what republicans can hope to d
hagel has not, so far, been nominated for the top pentagon job, but attacks like this tv ad began shortly after news accounts named hagel the frontrunner. they focus mostly on whether he's sufficiently pro-israel. >> there is an incredible level of concern about the kind of secretary of defense he would be, based on his foreign policy views and his foreign policy record, and the things he's said over the past dozen years of his political career. >> suarez: noah pollak is executive director of the emergency committee for israel, which produced the tv ad. under federal law, the committee does not have to disclose the sources of its funding, but it's one of several pro-israel groups opposing hagel. >> you take an issue like iran, which is probably the most important national security threat and problem we will have to deal with in the coming few years. and chuck hagel has come out and said that he's against... he thinks military strikes are not a viable military option. he's even come out against sanctions. and you have to wonder what kind of advice would he give to the president. >>
from the pentagon and our commanders on the ground in terms of what that would look like. and when we have more information about that, i will be describing that to the american people. >> woodruff: in november, the u.s. and afghanistan started negotiations on a so-called "bilateral security agreement" to govern any future american military role. u.s. officials have insisted that any troops who do stay must have legal protection, as the president said again today. >> we have arrangements like this with countries all around the world, and nowhere do we have any kind of security agreement with a country without immunity for our troops. >> woodruff: in turn, karzai said now that the transition is being expedited, the immunity question may no longer be a sticking point. >> i can go to the afghan people and argue for immunity for u.s. troops in afghanistan in a way that afghan sovereignty will not be compromised, in a way that afghan law will not be compromised. >> woodruff: back in kabul, the questions of whether u.s. troops remain, and how many and under what conditions, have divided afg
to figure out a way to cut the pentagon budget, something he has been very clear has been bloated. this is something that don rumsfeld tried and failed to do. it's something that bob gates tried and failed to do in any serious way. and now, given the budget pressures, this is going to be the moment for performance. >> rose: a couple of points, i guess. rumsfeld would argue that we had a big war came along and bob gates would argue that in the end he did cut it somewhat. >> somewhat. but if you look at the total national security budget, charlie, which would be not just the pentagon but also the intelligence agencies, homeland security, it's basically doubled since the 9/11 attacks. >> rose: and weapons systems you don't really need in the judgment of many people other than those people who represent the districts where they're located. >> leftovers from the cold war and, remember, the president himself came in supported by chuck hagel on this point with the thought that there was a moment here to really build down on the nuclear force. and so far they have not been able to do that
the pentagon. he slammed the door on debt ceiling negotiations demanding congress raise it without drama and says he's ready to be tough on gun control but remember the president doesn't have to worry about re-election ever again. so expect his second term agenda to look a lot like this. full of overtures to the base which criticized him over the last four years for caving to republicans. to help decipher what to expect in the next four years, we start with nbc's peter alexander outside of the white house and "the washington post" david nakamura. peter, look, you could describe the first term and the first few months since being re-elected as a confident obama. making bold cabinet picks. laying out a very ambitious agenda, adding gun legislation to the docket or you could describe it as almost confident. you know, he backed away from the susan rice pick. he gave in on taxing the top income earners at the rate he wanted. and so far he's really just tiptoed kind of cautiously around gun control. so this a confident obama based on the agenda you're seeing or a caution one? >> reporter: focu
pentagon job, but attacks like this tv ad began shortly after news accounts named hagel the frontrunner. they focus mostly on whether he's sufficiently pro-israel. >> there is an incredible level of concern about the kind of secretary of defense he would be, based on his foreign policy views and his foreign policy record, and the things he's said over the past dozen years of his political career. >> suarez: noah pollak is executive director of the emergency committee for israel, which produced the tv ad. under federal law, the committee does not have to disclose the sources of its funding, but it's one of several pro-israel groups opposing hagel. >> you take an issue like iran, which is probably the most important national security threat and problem we will have to deal with in the coming few years. and chuck hagel has come out and said that he's against... he thinks military strikes are not a viable military option. he's even come out against sanctions. and you have to wonder what kind of advice would he give to the president. >> suarez: hagel has also taken fire from gay rights advoc
to throw down the gauntlet over his pick to lead the pentagon. >>> growing outrage over a case involving an alleged sexual assault and members of a high school football team. it's attracting national attention while tearing one small town apart. >>> follow the money. one was supposed to avert financial disaster, the other, aid victims of sandy. so, why were these urgently passed bills loaded with hundreds of millions for everything from hollywood and nascar to rummakers and algae growers? >>> and british invasion. it's happening tonight and the excitement is building. >> when i'm with her, i'm reminded of the virtues of the english. >> isn't she american? >> exactly. >> lords and ladies across america preparing for the highly anticipated return of "downton abbey." >>> good evening. president obama is back from his vacation tonight and fresh off the fiscal showdown, he is already girding for what's expected to be the next political showdown. tonight, nbc news can confirm he will wade right back into the fray tomorrow by nominating former senator chuck hagel as the next secretary of defens
don lemon why his organization thinks hagel is the wrong man for the pentagon's top job. >> this is a guy who's going to be in charge of ensuring implementation of open service takes place, he has a negave record on that, and i'm not just talking about one comment he made toward a former nominee, ambassador hormel. when it comes to iran, very weak. left of president obama when it comes to economic sanctions or imposing sanctions on tehran to prevent proliferation of nuclear weapons. and finally, not strong on nuclear weapons with israel. regardless of where you lie, pick your poison, it's a perfect storm for why he should not be secretary of defense. to use an army ka locloak weali he's a no go. >> he's independent, has wonderful fresh ideas to try to reengage the discussion about the middle east. i've known him before he went -- he was interested before he ran for the senate to learn more from me, grew up in israel and it was an amazing relationship, it started developing in the last 20 years, and i think that i support him wholeheartedly. >>> coming up at the half hour
would be a perfect fit at the pentagon. >> he understands that america stands strongest when we stand as allies and as friends. as a successful businessman he know os even as we make tough fiscal choices we have to do so wisely. >> hagel would be the first enlisted soldier from the vietnam war to serve as secretary of defense. he earned two purple hearts and saved his wounded brother. some republicans are concerned hagel won't be enough of a defender of pentagon spending. >> the fact of the matter is i fear he is going to try to use senator hagel as a foil to pursue this hollowing out of the military that secretary panetta has raised concerns about by the draconian cuts and the is a questions teresa payton. >> hagel would be -- and the sequester. >> not as difficult ahead for john brennan. >> unlike tolikelikely to drawe criticism. if confirmed it would be a home coming. he was considered for the cia post in 2008 but wealth drew his name to avoid contentious questioning over the agency use of water boarding and so called enhanced in tare gation techniques which eight time he said he o
the pentagon. it will be a fight. 40 years after history was made, now a big part of that history is up for sale. more on that. this is msnbc, the place for politics. we were so blessed when we had triplets if by blessed you mean freaked out about money well we suddenly noticed that everything was getting more expensive so we switched to the bargain detergent but i found myself using three times more than you're supposed to and the clothes still weren't as clean as with tide. so we're back to tide. they're cuter in clean clothes. thanks honey yeah you suck at folding [ laughs ] [ female announcer ] one cap of tide gives you more cleaning power than 6 caps of the bargain brand. [ woman ] that's my tide, what's yours? >>> an amateur video there from inside syria showing new bombing inside the city of bar. the unite nations estimates 60,000 people, 60,000 have been killed in the civil war and now u.s. troops are in turkey just across the syrian border. coming up, more on the conflict and what it will mean for the united states. first, though, time now for today's flashback. a trip back to
. obama may appoint mr. hagel to take a place at the pentagon. as almost score setting matter i almost hope he does. it would confirm a point i made earlier this column earlier this year, that mr. obama is not a friend of israel. >> you could hardly think of another leading contender for that position who would be, who would raise more eyebrows than chuck hagel when it comes to israel. you heard earlier jennifer griffin quoting the line about the jewish lobby, which is interesting because millions of americans who are christians and not jewish are also supporters of israel. there is the conflation between the jewish lobby and israel lobby which is very disturbing. there is broader record especially concerning iran would make anyone concerned for the security of is rainfall and the relationship between israel and the united states worried about his position as secretary of defense. jon: but this is a guy who served two terms in the senate. >> right. jon: he is a decorated vietnam veteran, a purple heart recipient. >> two purple hearts. jon: two purple hearts. why not put him in at the t
that hit the twin towers and the pentagon. we have to attack iraq because we've got evidence they have weapons of mass destruction, wmd, even if there's no evidence they have nuclear weapons and it would turn out they didn't have chemical or biological either. we have to attack iraq, the hawks, they promised it would bring peace between israel and the palestinians. the road to jerusalem runs through baghdad it was said. what we've got instead is the loss of even a chance for peace in the middle east. well, tonight the people who sold america the iraq war are out selling more warfare in the middle east. they want military action against syria, they want war waged against syria, and they want chuck hagel out of the way. why? because he's just the kind of guy who will ask, what should we have asked when "w" took us to war in iraq? is this really the smart thing to do for us? we've got peter beinart right now with the daily beast and sam stein with "the huffington post." thank you. i have been reading your stuff. sam, you quoted colonel lawrence wilkerson who served as chief of staff to co
the pentagon absorb a 10% cut? i suppose it could absorb a cut but the question is, we can not go into default while we're debating these things. you have to increase the debt ceiling and keep the debate going and look to continue to cut spending. jon: we'll have you back another time to talk more about this. you obviously put a lot of thought into it. former congressman dennis kucinich. >> thank you. jenna: speaking after the pentagon, we talked a let about the planned troop withdrawal in afghanistan. now there is word the united states may take out all the troops leaving no american soldiers there. what is behind the so-called zero option? we go in depth next. jon: a fox news alert now. new details emerging on that commuter ferry crash in new york city. rick is live at the breaking news desk for us. >> we're tracking this from down in the newsroom because the details are changing quickly, jon. as you say a commuter ferry bringing people from new jersey along the east river to lower manhattan. we're told that's when they had what is called a hard landing. the ferry captain trying to dock righ
a republican to lead the pentagon makes strategic sense for the president with budget cuts looming. >> republicans don't really like chuck hagel. one of their own. >> chuck hagel busts the republican party establishment and opposing the war in iraq. there's no surprise. >> reporter: hagel has the most important supporter. >> i've served with chuck hagel. i know him. he's a patriot. >> reporter: the president will have a fight on his hands with this nomination and not just with republicans, with democrats as well who control the senate and the confirmation process. it's one of the reasons the white house was telling democrats up on the hill in the senate about this nomination, that it's coming down the road, trying to soften the blow. >> david kerley with a preview of the fight ahead this week. david, thank you. >>> an alabama teenager will be in court tomorrow. charges in a plot against his school. 17-year-old derek shrout is a self-proclaimed white sum rem sift. a terch found a notebook that revealed his plans. a search of his home revealed dozens of containers filled with shrapne
. but i think the pentagon should be like any other governing department, analyzing to see what we don't really need. there a lot of hardware that will be challenged and the pentagon will have to make further reductions. should not spend a dollar more for military spending we need to. we have to find the right balance. and i have confidence in the people who understand the strength of the country comes from an economy that's working well. defense spending is at the expense of domestic spending. we will spend what we think we need on domestic issues as well and domestic programs as well. so constrained spending for that which is absolutely needed, domestic spending should be what is needed for the taking care of people and infrastructure and all the other things that we need. but everything should be on the table. it was a mistake not to accept the proposal they came from simpson-bowles. everybody had come to the table ready to give up something. that did not pass political muster. and now we are trying to figure out how to live beyond that. whether it's the pentagon or however we do it
he carried his brother through enemy fire to safety. our pentagon correspondent david martin has a remarkable a interview tonight with general stanley mcchrystal, the man who led the war in afghanistan. mcchrystal was forced to resign that job in 2010 because of a magazine interview in which members of his staff were critical of the obama administration mcchrystal once led the hunt for terrorists in iraq and he told david martin about his decision to call in anisio air strike that killed the head of al qaeda in iraq, abu musab al-zarqawi. >> i had every expectation that his wife and children were there with him. >> reporter: getting him was just worth the price of killing innocents? >> this was a man who had notnot only personally been involved in killing but had literally precipitated thousands and thousands of deaths in iraq. his cruelty en masse was stunning. it was so necessary to stop him i didn't hesitate. >> pelley: mcchrystal now runs a consulting group and has just published a memoir. since the real estate implosion five years ago, major banks have been accused of fraudu
to lead the pentagon. there was a question of whether any republican would actually put a hold on the nomination. >> some said they will vote against it. >> yes, but putting a hold on it would be a very rare thing and the white house would not be about to nominate him if they didn't think he could actually make it through the senate. whatty we are learning is the white house hold senior members of congress to expect the nomination. >> you have serious questions. chuck hegel did endorse the president in 2008 and 2012. >> that are created consternation for john mccain who had been very, very close to chuck hegel in the senate as fellow republican. i think that they have a distance to go. not only with republicans by the way, but with democrats who really are feeling the heat from the pro israel hob lobby who would not support chuck hegel. not only is joe biden comfortable, but the president himself knows chuck hegel well and serves on the intelligence advisory board and it's clear they established a relationship. >> word that the headline out of what we were just talking about is
produced by our great pentagon producer justin fishel last friday. he wrote "the white house is not considering any option that would leave more than 10,000 american troops in afghanistan beyond 2014. ". a senior administration official and senior military force told fox news despite reports that the administration could leave a much larger footprint after that deadline for handing over security to the afghans. there you have it. 10,000 s what we are reportedly hearing from the pentagon. >> i worry about the art fix deadlines and artificial numbers not dictated by the facts on the ground. we have to see as the afghanistan forces are standing up and make sure that they are trained and we cooperate with them with counterinsurgency and the training and advising and continues. to just pull out a date and say this is the number of troops does not respect the realities on the ground. we made that mistake with iraq and i hope that the obama administration learned from its mistakes and when we withdraw forces along with allies we do so in a way that i say treasures all of the lives t
there are things in the pentagon you probably could deal with. i'm somebody who is a reaganite, i believe defense spending equates to capability. i don't want to shirk on weapon's capability or shirk on compensation for people putting their life on the line, but i have embraced what senator coburn wants to do, audit the pentagon. u.s. a very big bureaucracy. ask people who served on active duty in iraq, afghanistan, or on the home front. it's a big bureaucracy and a lot of times our military is successful in spite of the bureaucracy, but not because of it. i wouldn't say you can't look at defense, but if you think we'll balance the budget just by cutting defense, one, i don't think you can get there, but, two, we will be inviting danger from abroad, rather than protecting the people if we do that. >> you think we'll have a big fight over entitlements, social security, medicare? that will be coming up with the debt ceiling? part of the debt ceiling negotiations? >> i think we need to restructure some of the entitlements, get in the way that they are sustainable over the long term. whether it's via
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